Christian Marriage – 1 Peter 3:1-12

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Guidelines for Wives (3:1–6)

Submission is a concept that is incorporated into the dynamics of every human relationship, including: the state/citizen relationship, the employer/employee relationship, the slave/master relationship, the pastor/layman relationship, the parent/child relationship, the husband/wife relationship, and the God/believer relationship. After discussing the state/citizen relationship and the slave/master relationship in 1 Pet. 2:13–25, Peter turns to the husband/wife relationship in 1 Pet. 3:1–7. Continue reading Christian Marriage – 1 Peter 3:1-12

Christian Living – 1 Peter 2:11-25

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Honorable Conduct (2:11–12)

In 1 Pet. 2:11–12 Peter writes of the glorification of God by the Gentiles that will happen in one of two ways. God will be glorified either (1) by their conversion on account of being convicted by believers’ example, or, more likely, (2) by their admission of guilt at their own judgment “in the day of visitation” (1 Pet. 2:12). Admittedly this is a difficult and sobering teaching, however we should be comforted by the idea that believers and unbelievers alike will eventually bow down and worship Jesus (cf. Phil. 2:9–11). Continue reading Christian Living – 1 Peter 2:11-25

Believers’ Identity – 1 Peter 2:1-10

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Word of God (2:1–3)

The fact that Peter begins chapter two with the word “therefore” indicates that what he is about to say rests upon his previous teaching. In light of the fact that believers are to have a redeemed mind that pursues holiness (cf. 1 Pet. 1:13–16), that Christ has redeemed believers with his blood (cf. 1 Pet. 1:17–21), and that believers have received faith from God via the eternal Word of God (cf. 1 Pet. 1:22–25), therefore, believers are to lay “aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and all evil speaking” (1 Pet. 2:1). Continue reading Believers’ Identity – 1 Peter 2:1-10

Personal Holiness – 1 Peter 1:13-25

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Call to Holiness (1:13–16)

In beginning this verse with the word “therefore” Peter is in effect saying, “In light of the nature of salvation . . . .” He then goes on to list three duties required of his believing readers. First, they were to “gird up the loins of [their] minds” (1 Pet. 1:13). This is a reference to the ancient practice of gathering up one’s robe when needing to move in a hurry. Peter is saying, then, prepare your mind by putting away the loose ends of your thinking. Second, Peter admonishes his readers to “be sober.” Continue reading Personal Holiness – 1 Peter 1:13-25

Peter’s Greeting – 1 Peter 1:1-12

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Peter’s Greeting (1:1–2)

Peter begins his epistle by disclosing the identity of his intended readers, whom he writes were “pilgrims of the Dispersion” (1 Pet. 1:1). These are Christians who were cast out from Rome and were scattered across five of the Roman provinces in modern day Turkey. Peter describes these believers as “elect according to the foreknowledge of God” (1 Peter 1:2). Some people object to the idea of election, as they believe it makes God unjust. Yet, election is not about God’s justice, but about His grace. Continue reading Peter’s Greeting – 1 Peter 1:1-12

Introduction to 1 Peter

Authorship and Date

The book of 1 Peter is one of the General Epistles. It was written by the apostle Peter, also known as Cephas, and formerly as Simon, who served as the unofficial leader of and spokesman for the apostles. He was the son of Jonas, a fisherman from Bethsaida (cf. Matt. 16:17), who was brought to Christ by his brother Andrew (cf. John 1:40–42). Peter was married and his wife apparently accompanied him on ministry excursions (cf. Mark 1:30; 1 Cor. 9:5). Continue reading Introduction to 1 Peter

Trust in God – Habakkuk 3:1-19

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Plea for Mercy (3:1–2)

In Hab. 3:1–2 Habakkuk asks for mercy in the midst of the impending judgment God had foretold in Hab. 1-2. This was important, for Habakkuk was going to witness and experience the Babylonian siege firsthand. Habakkuk prays, “O LORD, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O LORD, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy” (Hab. 3:2). The report that Habakkuk mentions is the Lord’s reply to his questions at Hab. 1:5–11; 2:2–20. Continue reading Trust in God – Habakkuk 3:1-19

Providence and Justice – Habakkuk 1:1-2:20

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Background

As with several of the other Minor Prophets, little is known about the prophet Habakkuk. Indeed, the name Habakkuk does not occur outside of this book, although several New Testament authors cite the prophet’s writings, especially Hab. 2:4 (cf. Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38). Since Habakkuk is formally identified as a prophet, he likely was so well known in his own day that he needed no introduction. Note that Habakkuk was a contemporary of the prophets Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Zephaniah. Continue reading Providence and Justice – Habakkuk 1:1-2:20